Javier Baez's four-homer night stole the show, but plenty of prospects enjoyed their Monday.
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Lucas Sims, LHP, Braves (Low-A Rome): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K. Well, well well, another Braves pitcher with a major-league future. The Braves started the season by using Sims in relief to keep his innings down, but since being placed back in a starting role, Sims has flourished. Sims has everything you would want in a young pitcher: a plus fastball, a potential plus curveball, and a developing changeup that has a solid-average. 19.1 IP, 16 H, 6 ER, 5 BB, 26 K in his last four starts
Position Prospect of the Day: Javier Baez, SS, Cubs (High-A Daytona): 4-4, 4 HR, 4 R, 7 RBI. The bat has the potential to be special. Baez has one of the highest ceilings in the minors, but he will need to slow down the game. A night like this is special; I believe it is only the second time anyone has ever hit four home runs in one night in the history of the Florida State League; .432/.523/1.054 with 5 2B and 6 HR in last 37 at-bats.
Other notable prospect performances on June 10:
Byron Buxton, CF, Twins (Low-A Buxton): 3-4, 2B, 3B, R, 3 RBI.The things I/we(the prospect team at Baseball Propsectus) hear about Buxton are almost inconceivable. “He might be an 8 player.” “He’s the best guy I’ve ever scouted.” “He’s a bad-ass player.” “How did that guy not get picked number one?” “He might be Willie Mays.” “Why is he still in this league?”
Brandon Drury, 3B, Diamondbacks (Low-A South Bend): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, BB, K. The throw-in prospect in the Justin Upton deal, Drury has impressed so far this season. He is making consistent contact and showing present power. I would look for him to head west after the Midwest League All-Star game; .333/.405/.917 with 4 2B, 1 3B, and 5 HR in last 36 at-bats.
Maikel Franco, 3B, Phillies (High-A Clearwater): 2-5, HR, R, RBI, K. Franco has answered many questions for scouts this season in High-A. The biggest one: Would he strikeout too often? Franco has responded to the critics by only striking out 14 percent of the time. Franco has also been able to maintain his power by providing having a .243 ISO. He looks to be the future at the hot corner in Philadelphia; .333/.400/.611 with 4 2B and 2 HR in last 36 at-bats.
Billy Hamilton, CF, Reds (Triple-A Louisville): 3-5, 2B, RBI, K, 2 SB. I talked to a person in the Reds organization who had recently seen Hamilton play. He said, “Billy has made some adjustments at the plate. It is starting to together for him; watching him run is still, and will always be, special”; .273/.319/.409 with 3 2B, HR, and 7 SB in his last 44 at-bats.
Cody Kukuk, LHP, Red Sox (Low-A Greenville): 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 9 K; solid-average fastball with good life; plus potential slider; developing changeup. Kukuk is a pitcher who flashes ability, but is still looking to develop more consistency on the mound.
Taylor Lindsey, 2B, Angels (Double-A Arkansas): 3-5, 2 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI. Lindsey shows the ability to make solid contact against quality pitching. His carrying tool will be his hit tool, which is something I always like in a prospect. Essentially, I look at it like this: If you cannot hit against quality pitching, your other tools will not be fully utilized.
Jake Marisnick, CF, Marlins (Double-A Jacksonville): 4-5, 3B, HR, R, 3 RBI. It is funny that Marisnick follows Lindsey, because Marisnick shows all the tools, but the hit tool is the one that is least developed. I’ve seen Marisnick a few times, and something that I really liked about him is that he is an incredible athlete. A line that I always keep in the back of my mind: “Athletes tend to keep making improvements. The hit tool may be a little raw, but they will have the ability to make the necessary adjustments to hit”; .400/.455/.900 with 4 2B, 2 3B, and 4 HR in last 40 at-bats.
Jonathan Singleton, 1B, Astros (Double-A Corpus Christi): 3-4, 2B, R, RBI, K. If anyone hasn’t picked this up, I really have a bias against 1B-only prospects. They make me very nervous because of the amount of pressure that is put on the bat. Singleton, however, is someone I have always liked. I believe Singleton’s plus hit tool with plus-plus power will allow him to bat in the middle of the Astros’ lineup for years to come.
Andrew Cisco, RHP, Reds (Low-A Dayton): 2.2 IP, 8 H, 7 ER, 2 BB, 2 K. Cisco never had big stuff, but was having success early in the season in Low-A. That is why I always believe in the stuff over the numbers; eventually, it catches up to you.
Raul Adalberto Mondesi, SS, Royals (Low-A Lexington): 0-4, 3 K; As my good friend Jason Parks says, “Son of Raul, brother of Raul” Raul “Mondi” Mondesi did not have his best game. But hey, what were you doing when you were 17?
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Dozens of prospect notes to get you caught up on all the action from the last four days.
Games of Thursday, June 6
Pitching Prospect of the Day: Raul Alcantara, RHP, Athletics (Low-A Beloits): 7.0 IP, 7 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; plus fastball; potential solid-average slider; average changeup; improving command. It is good to see a prospect like Alcantara take steps forward this year.
Position Prospect of the Day: Carlos Correa, SS, Astros (Low-A Quad Cities): 3-4, 2B, HR, 2 R, 5 RBI, BB. Correa is sort of the forgotten man. Byron Buxton has stolen the spotlight from Correa, but believe me, Correa has plenty of ability, and is getting very good reviews from scouts; .302/.318/.488 with 5 2B, and 1 HR in last 43 at-bats.
Other notable prospect performances on June 6:
Dustin Ackley, 2B, Mariners (Triple-A Tacoma): 2-3, HR, R, 2 RBI, 2 BB, K. Ackley has gone down to Triple-A and hit very well; .408/.508/.592 with 3 2B and 2 HR in 49 at-bats.
Clayton Blackburn, RHP, Giants (High-A San Jose): 6.0 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K; plus fastball; potential plus changeup; potential solid-average curveball; big frame; high level of polish; 58.2 IP, 50 H, 28 ER, 18 BB, 69 K in 11 starts.
Bryce Brentz, RF, Red Sox (Triple-A Pawtucket): 3-5, 2B, HR, R, 4 RBI; plus potential power; plus arm; fringy runner; struggles versus breaking balls; should be ready for an everyday job in 2014.
Lonnie Chisenhall, 3B, Indians (Triple-A Columbus): 3-5, 2 2B, 3 R, 4 RBI. Chisenhall really struggled at the MLB level, but he has gone down to Triple-A and is doing what is asked of him. I would assume he will be back in The Show at some point in the next month.
Brian Fletcher, 1B/LF, Royals (Double-A Northwest Arkansas): 3-5, 2B, 2 HR, 2 R, 4 RBI. Fletcher is a bat-only prospect for me. He struggled to show enough ability on the defensive end to make me feel that he would ever be relevant. Fletcher shows power potential and the ability to make loud contact against quality pitching, but I don’t think he does enough to ever be major-league relevant.
Grant Green, 2B, Athletics (Triple-A Sacramento): 2-6, 2B, HR, 3 R, 3 RBI; solid-average hit tool; fringy runner; gap power; will have to play on the right side of the infield defensively; solid second-division profile; .340/.365/.580 with 3 2B and 3 HR in last 50 at-bats.
Rosell Herrera, SS, Rockies (Low-A Asheville): 3-5, HR, 3 R, 4 RBI; plus power potential; solid-average hit tool; will most likely have to move to third base; under-the-radar type; .390/.432/.659 with 2 2B and 3 HR in last 41 at-bats.
Deck McGuire, RHP, Blue Jays (Double-A New Hampshire): 5.2 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 9 K. This is a very interesting line to me. Every time I’ve seen McGuire, he has not been good. From what I’ve heard from others, the slider flashes potential.
Cesar Puello, RF, Mets (Double-A Binghamton): 2-4, 2 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K. I was told from a scout that was at this game, “Puello’s second home run has yet to land. He made some adjustments, and the Mets really have something there”; .474/.512/1.026 with 3 2B, 6 HR, and 5 stolen-bases.
Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers (Low-A Great Lakes): 2-4, HR, R, RBI. The younger brother of Kyle, Corey has a potential plus hit tool; plus power potential; plus arm; improving ability at shortstop; plus makeup.
Cory Spangenberg, 2B, Padres (High-A Lake Elsinore): 2-5, 2B, RBI; potential solid-average hit tool; plus runner; will get into slap-and-run mode. Some scouts question Spangenberg’s ability to make consistent hard contact, and feel that his batting average may be empty. The Padres promoted Spangenberg to Double-A after the game.
I was watching Pedro Alvarez yesterday, smasher of 400-foot home runs and manufacturer of golden sombreros. Alvarez is one of a few streaky hitters who have excellent 2-3 game stretches of power, followed by long stretches of bat contact amnesia. I wondered which hitters hit home runs on back-to-back days most often, so I fired up our database and looked for games where any hitter homered. Then, I tabulated their performance the day after and took the leaders (data since 2011):
Everybody loves a good mock draft, and I apologize in advance if I’m tardy to this particular online form of a party. I’ve been making calls and hugging the babies of the baseball establishment in order to stay in the loop and extract the freshest of fresh scoops. Because the loyal subscribers to Baseball Prospectus deserve the world and all its material wealth, I deliver to you the most comprehensive and prophetic mock draft found on the tubes. Unfortunately, that’s not true. I only mocked to 10, but only because prophesy is difficult on the mind and the body. But I think I nailed it. Check my work after the first round of the draft.
Bret takes a look through this past week's streamer picks and looks at where he went right (and wrong).
For those of you unfamiliar with the #streameroftheday process, I recommend one starting pitcher per day who is owned in fewer than 10% of leagues (lower than your typical standards) and post it on Twitter at @dynastyguru. And this Friday post is where I stand in front of the firing squad, fully accountable for these recommendations. I ran a longer introduction in my first post of the season, explaining why my ownership limit is much lower than most others out there, but essentially it's to be helpful in deeper mixed leagues. If you want to read the whole thing, the link is here. With the pleasantries out of the way, let's jump into the action.